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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 402 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812

 
For Immediate Release November 24, 2010 Public Information Officer FAUSA Randy G. M assey (618) 628-3700
WASHINGTON PARK MEN CHARGED WITH FIREARMS RELATED OFFENSES  

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 24, 2010, KENNETH I. LITTLE, age 22, of Washington Park, Illinois, made an initial appearance in federal district court, East St. Louis, Illinois, following his arrest pursuant to a six-count criminal Complaint. Little was detained following the hearing. The Complaint charges LITTLE and two other defendants as follows:

(a)
Count 1 charges that Devon L. Alexander, Floyd B. Gamble, Jr., and Kenneth I. Little did unlawfully obstruct, delay and affect commerce in that they did unlawfully take and obtain property from the driver of a limousine bus en route from Steeleville, Illinois, to St. Louis, Missouri, through the wrongful use of force, violence, and fear, robbing the driver at gunpoint of approximately $1000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a). The maximum penalties that can be imposed for each violation are 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment;
(b)
Count 2 charges Defendants Alexander and Little with possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of the crime of violence charged in Count 1, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). The maximum penalties that can be imposed for this violation are not less than 7 years’ imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, a $250,000 fine, or both, 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment;
(c)
Count 3 charges Defendant Alexander with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). The Complaint states that Alexander was previously convicted of Robbery by Use of Force in St. Clair County Case 07-CF-1492 on or about April 30, 2008. The maximum penalties that can be imposed for this violation are 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment;
(d)
Count 4 charges Defendant Little with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). the Complaint states that Little was previously convicted of Armed Robbery in St. Clair County Case 05-CF-1145 on or about June 14, 2006. The maximum penalties that can be imposed for this violation are 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment;
(e)
Count 5 charges Defendant Alexander with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(k); The maximum penalties that can be imposed for this violation are 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment;
(f)
Count 6 charges Defendant Alexander with making a false statement to a federal agent – namely, the Complaint charges that Defendant Alexander falsely stated that he was not involved in the armed robbery referenced in Count 1 when in truth and fact, Defendant Alexander knowingly participated in said robbery and gave to Defendant Little the firearm that Defendant Little brandished during the course of said armed robbery. The maximum penalties that can be imposed for this violation are 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

The Complaint and accompanying Affidavit allege that on or about November 6, 2010, a limousine bus was en route between Steeleville, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, carrying members of a bachelor party; members of the party asked to be dropped off at a nightclub in Washington Park before proceeding to St. Louis. While the party was in the nightclub, the driver drove the limousine bus to a Mobil service station in Washington Park. While the driver was re-fueling at one of the station pumps, Defendants Alexander and Little approached. Defendant Alexander asked the driver if he wanted to buy some marijuana. When the driver declined, Defendant Little displayed a .38 Special caliber revolver that he had obtained from Defendant Alexander; Little pointed the gun at the driver at a distance of about two and a half feet. Defendant Alexander pushed the driver up against the limousine bus. At about the same time, Defendant Gamble approached and struck the driver in the neck, eye, and chin, and told Defendant Little to shoot the driver. Defendant Alexander reached into the driver’s front pocket and took $700 in currency that the bachelor party had paid to the driver, which in turn the driver was to pay to the limousine service company that owned the limousine. Defendant Alexander also stole the driver’s wallet, which contained approximately $300 of the driver’s currency. Defendants Alexander, Little, and Gamble then fled and were picked up by an unknown driver of a burgundy automobile that belonged to Defendant Gamble.

The Affidavit further alleges that on November 12, 2010, the Washington Park police received information that the three people who had conducted the November 6 robbery were back on the Mobil station lot. When police arrived, two of the suspects fled, but Defendant Alexander was arrested, at which time he had on his person a .38 Special caliber revolver with a partially obliterated serial number. The limousine driver later identified that revolver as being similar to the one that Little had pointed at him during the November 6 armed robbery.

The Affidavit further alleges that an ATF agent interviewed Defendant Alexander on November 15, 2010, at which time Defendant Alexander falsely stated that he did not have a firearm on the day of the robbery; he also falsely stated that he did not take any money from the driver; he also falsely stated that only Defendants Little and Gamble were involved in the robbery and that he (Alexander) had tried to break up the robbery and had tried to protect the driver.

The Affidavit further alleges that the ATF agent interviewed Defendant Alexander again on November 18, 2010, at which time Defendant Alexander admitted that he had been involved in the robbery; Defendant Alexander also implicated Defendants Little and Gamble in the robbery.

The Affidavit further alleges that Defendants Little and Gamble were later interviewed by the ATF Agent and admitted to him that they had participated in the robbery of November 6, 2010.

Defendants Alexander and Gamble remain at large. Anyone with information concerning their whereabouts should contact ATF at 618-632-9380 or 1-888-367-5762.

Defendant Devon L. Alexander is a 24-year-old black male, believed to be living in Washington Park, Illinois.

Defendant Floyd is a 24-year-old black male, believed to be living in Washington Park, Illinois.

The case was investigated by members of the Washington Park Police Department and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant

U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.

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